UCLA Back on Track, Stops USC

Bruins turn around and take much-needed 56-46 win
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2008 3:59 AM CST
UCLA's Darren Collison, right, drives past Southern Cal's Angelo Johnson during the second half of the college basketball game in Los Angeles Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008. Darren Collison scored 14 points as...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is back for UCLA, and so was the Bruins' confidence in last night's 56-46 defeat of cross-town rival USC. Mbah a Moute's 10 points and boards supplemented Darren Collison's 14 points and Kevin Love's fifteenth double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds) this season. No. 6 UCLA remains a half game ahead of Stanford, AP reports.

The Trojans, who earlier this season were one of the three teams able to take down UCLA, couldn't pull it together this time. Taj Gibson had 16 points and 12 boards, and Dwight Lewis added another 16, but OJ Mayo got an elbow to the mouth and not much else (4 points and 9 rebounds), while giving away 10 turnovers.